Press release, March 23th 2018
Partners: CNRS, SATT Linksium, Spintec
HPROBE PIONEER OF MAGNETIC MEMORY TESTS
Founded in Grenoble area in March 2017, the startup is targeting the huge market of emerging Magnetic Random Access Memories (MRAM) by offering fast, accurate and flexible test equipment for foundries and integrated circuits providers who develop magnetic devices and MRAM.
Eybens, March 23rd, 2018: Even before its creation, Hprobe delivered its first product to a major European mixed research/industrial laboratory. The growing interest of major players of the microelectronic industry on MRAM technology, as a replacement technology for embedded memory of system on chip (SoC), is a great opportunity for the startup to widely commercialize its products. MRAM needs low electrical energy to work and it is compatible with the power consumption requirements of the internet of things. A market driven by several tens of billion wireless units to be deployed in 2020.
"The wafer testing stage of MRAM devices is a critical bottleneck for industrial players investing in the mass production of this new generation of memories. Our equipment has the advantage of doing very fast measurements of magnetic devices. It enables the control of manufacturing performances at several stages of the production process and brings real cost and time benefits" said Laurent Lebrun, CEO and founder of the company.
Hprobe has spin-off a unique technology of 3D magnetic generator formerly developed by Spintec, a research laboratory (mixed unit of CNRS, CEA and Grenoble Alpes University) founded and led for many years by Jean-Pierre Nozières, also founder of the growing startup.
Together with Laurent Lebrun, who led several companies during twelve years in the fields of machine tools, metrology and precision mechanics, they decided to develop a complete tester for in-line control and testing of MRAM memories on industrial production lines. To achieve this, they relied on Spintec's valuable work which is based on more than a decade of development of MRAM specific test procedures. The first tester is now delivered to IMEC, a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technology in Belgium.
Hprobe has now released and industrialize a complete turnkey solution for wafer sorting, process control and yield monitoring of MRAM and magnetic devices. The startup has been supported by Linksium SATT (Accelerated Transfer Technology Company) and wins the 2017 iLab French National innovation contest. Hprobe is now closing a first round of fundraising and plans to reach a turnover of 15 M€ in five years with a team of 20 people.
Founded in March 2017 and located in Eybens (Grenoble), the startup is specialized in the design and manufacturing of test equipments enabling competitive and efficient wafer testing of MRAM and magnetic devices. The company is driven by a team of high level executives (pictured above from let to right) Jean-Pierre Nozières (Founder and Strategic Advisor), Laurent Lebrun (Founder and CEO), Siamak Salimy (Founder and CTO) and Yann Richard (Business Development Director). Isabelle Joumard (Research Engineer) at Spintec laboratory, provides R&D support.